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Acadia Center Testimony on Solar Siting in Rhode Island (H5789)

In Rhode Island, siting challenges that have arisen in the past few years show that the state can’t accelerate its clean energy transition without a siting plan. In a landscape patchworked with forest, farmland, and open space, policies and incentives must prioritize solar projects in areas with compatible land uses. H5789 is a solar siting bill introduced in 2019 with the aim of address these challenges. Read on to see Acadia Center's testimony on House Bill 5789.

Comments to Rhode Island CRMC on Offshore Wind

Acadia Center's comments submitted as testimony to Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council in its decision on the development of Vineyard Wind's offshore wind farm for Massachusetts.

Letter on Solar Policy to the Connecticut Energy and Technology Committee

Connecticut organizations and businesses submitted this letter to the Energy and Technology Committee of the Connecticut Legislature, calling for a pause to implementation of harmful solar policies and a return to net metering and other policies that were mistakenly removed through a bill last session.

Acadia Center 2019 Massachusetts Legislative Priorities

Over the past two legislative sessions, the Commonwealth has made big strides to clean up the electric sector, including the large-scale procurement of offshore wind and clean energy. However, there are many more opportunities to safeguard the climate and public health while growing the economy, protecting consumers, and improving equity, notably in transportation, heating and cooling, and grid modernization. This document lays out Acadia Center’s priority bills in Massachusetts for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

Investing in Modern Transportation: Benefits for Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ transportation system is due for an upgrade. Outdated infrastructure, congested roads, and polluted air are a drag on the economy. Massachusetts’ residents and businesses deserve transportation options that will help them thrive, and the Commonwealth can achieve that goal by focusing on the actions outlined in this report.

Building a Stronger Maine: Forum Presentations

Acadia Center is excited to pass along some of the resources and information shared at the Building a Stronger Maine forum on clean energy and transportation opportunities for the state. See the links below for slides from forum speakers, including Kathleen Meil (Acadia Center), Beth Ahearn (Maine Conservation Alliance), Sharon Klein (School of Economics, University of Maine), Ruth Kermish-Allen (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance), and Emily Lewis (Acadia Center).

Building a Stronger Maine: Memorandum to the Next Governor

The next governor of Maine faces an exciting opportunity: to use proven transportation and energy reforms to revitalize Maine’s economy, competitiveness, and overall quality of life while safeguarding its iconic natural resources. Acadia Center’s analysis indicates that the state could add about $4 billion in new economic benefits and create about 13,500 new jobs through five recommended reforms.

Building a Stronger Connecticut: Memorandum to the Next Governor

The next governor of Connecticut faces an exciting opportunity: to use proven transportation and energy reforms to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, competitiveness, and overall quality of life. Acadia Center’s analysis indicates that the state could add about $11 billion in new economic benefits and create about 33,000 new jobs through five recommended reforms.

Acadia Center Evaluation of 2019-2021 MA Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan and EEAC Resolution

On October 30, 2018, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) unanimously approved a resolution supporting the utility program administrators’ proposed Three-Year Plan for 2019-2021. In its role as the environmental representative on the EEAC, Acadia Center successfully represented stakeholder priorities and pushed for the 2019-2021 Plan to innovate, better use technology, help customers switch from polluting oil to clean, efficient heat pumps, and cut electric and gas peak demand in summer and winter. Now the Plan moves to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for consideration and approval by the end of January 2019.